Copper Chloride

CAS #: 1344-67-8; 7447-39-4

Synonyms: Cupric chloride; cupric chloride dihydrate; cupric dichloride; Copper Dichloride; copper dichloride

Uses: Isomerization and cracking catalyst, mordant in dying and printing fabrics, sympathetic ink, disinfectant, pyrotechnics, wood preservation, fungicides, metallurgy, preservation of pulpwood, deoderizing and desulfurizing petroleum distillates, photography, water purification, feed additive, electroplating baths, pigment for glass and ceramics, acrylonitrile manufacturing.

Hazard: Toxic by ingestion and inhalation.  COPPER CHLORIDE can serve as a weak oxidizing agent.  May catalyze organic reactions. Solutions are acidic (they contain moderate concentrations of hydrogen ions and have pH’s of less than 7.0). They react as acids to neutralize bases.  These neutralizations generate heat, but far less than is generated by neutralization of inorganic acids, inorganic oxoacids, and carboxylic acid.